Scott Anderson's career highlights:
- Baystreet Grill (Edison, NJ)
- Teresa Caffe (Princeton, NJ)
- Nova Terra (New Brunswick, NJ)
- Mediterra (Denver, CO and Princeton, NJ)
- Les Copains (Princeton, NJ)
- Ryland Inn (Whitehouse Station, NJ)
- Lawrenceville Inn (Lawrenceville, NJ)
- elements (Princeton, NJ)
"Opening a restaurant isn't new. But opening a restaurant that aims to be new over and over is new," says the smiling, engaging Chef Owner Scott Anderson, about elements, the restaurant he and Stephen Distler opened October of 2008 on Route 206 in Princeton, NJ.
The name is significant: the restaurant will draw on diverse resources, but will look at each element of its palette for direction. Local produce as well as worldwide cooking styles will influence his work. "It's almost like you're listening to the ingredients," says Scott. For this reason, a meal at elements will always be an event.
True to the ingredients, and to its name, elements will feature simple-to-understand chords of flavors constantly reinterpreted. The chef wants to remain open to inspiration and the mood of the moment. A green salad with citrus would not be exactly the same twice, nor would it appear the same way every time you order it. The best analogy is that of a jazz musician who constantly riffs on melodies to keep each experience fresh. Instead, true to the ingredients, and to its name, elements will feature simple-to-understand chords of flavors constantly reinterpreted.
We call it "Interpretative American Cuisine," because we think of our dishes as canvases and paint what feels right, while staying grounded in the essence of the ingredients. The Chef is giving similar creative latitude to the team in the kitchen.
- elements named to NJ Monthly Top 25 restaurants of 2013
- Our critics pick from New Jersey's diverse dining scene to bring you 2013's best places to eat in the Garden State. Read more here.
(posted on 07/24/2013)
- Edible Jersey
- The Thoughtful Chef
- In Princeton, Scott Anderson leads the charge
for fine dining sourced from the locals
read more here
(posted on 06/29/2013)
- What's New in Princeton?
- US Route 1 covers Mistral opening
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(posted on 06/05/2013)
- 2/27/2014 Eat Ink Dinner at The Ryland Inn
- The Ryland Inn (115 Old Hwy 28, Whitehouse Station) is proud to welcome author and cult winemaker Birk O’Hallaran to celebrate the release of Eat Ink, part cookbook, part expose on the culture of tattoos in professional kitchens. To celebrate, The Ryland Inn will host a six-course dinner with all three featured New Jersey chefs, Scott Anderson [...]
- 2/20/2014 James Beard House Dinner
- On Thursday February 20th, our very own Chef Scott Anderson will be presenting another round of his Interpretive American Cuisine at the James Beard House. This is an opportunity to try selections from both of his restaurants elements and Mistral. Steeped in tradition, the Beard house has a legacy of cultivating new talent, encouraging growth in the [...]
- 2014 events
- We will be posting our line up of 2014 events in the upcoming weeks. Check back soon for information on our summer guest chef series.
- Announcing our Bar Remodeling
- elements Fall 2013 remodeling: a new larger bar and new menus launch 9/5/13 elements opened five years ago this Autumn, and soon after started to win acclaim from the New York Times, Esquire Magazine, NJ Monthly and Wine Spectator. Now, elements has some exciting news about relaunching for the new season. The restaurant will close August [...]
- Summer classics: dark N stormy
- In my most recent World Tour post, I said that the sidecar was the ultimate cocktail. I stand behind those words but have to pay my respects to several other warm weather classics. Today I find myself daydreaming while at work that I’m on the beach somewhere drinking an all so familiar cure all. With [...]
- World Tour: Pimms Cup
- Once again we are visiting another stop on our world tour and with all the talk about summer drinks it seems most appropriate to talk about the Pimm’s Cup. At this time of every year one of the oldest running sporting tournaments, Wimbledon, acts as reason to consume copious amounts of the always enjoyable Pimm’s [...]